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Tornado confirmed in western North Carolina

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. – A confirmed tornado has touched ground in western North Carolina about 10 miles southeast of Morganton, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado was confirmed at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A tornado warning had been issued for parts of Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe, Catawba, Rutherford, Lincoln, Cleveland and Burke counties, but the warnings have since expired. There are currently no active tornado warnings in North Carolina.

Burke and Caldwell counties are reporting possible tornado damage. There are reports of power lines and trees down in Wilkes County.

There are numerous reports of tornadoes or tornado warnings in Upstate South Carolina.

There has been damage reported in South Carolina near Liberty and Pickens, according to the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg.

There are no tornado warnings in the Piedmont, but parts of the Triad could see showers and thunderstorms with a marginal risk of severe weather that could be capable of spinning up brief, weak tornadoes.

The main tornado threat will be across the western part of the FOX8 viewing area. People in the mountains and foothills should be aware of rapidly changing weather. A weak tornado could form with little to no notice.